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Segovia Classical Guitar Series Will Feature Top International Artists

The series, which runs from Feb. 14 to May 1, includes Dale Kavanagh, the Canadian Guitar Quartet, Oscar Ghiglia and Hopkinson Smith.

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November 18, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society will present a series of four concerts featuring renowned artists performing music ranging from beloved classics and baroque works to tango arrangements.

The 2009 Segovia Classical Guitar Series, which runs from Feb. 14 to May 1, includes Dale Kavanagh in her series debut, the Canadian Guitar Quartet featuring a world premiere collaboration with the new dance company DanceWorks Chicago, Italian concert artist and teacher Oscar Ghiglia and early music specialist Hopkinson Smith.

The Segovia series concerts will be held on the University's Evanston campus at Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, or Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, as noted below.

A season subscription to all four Segovia series concerts is $68 for the general public; $58 for Chicago Classical Guitar Society members, seniors aged 65 and older, and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $29 for full-time students with valid IDs. Subscribers save up to 15 percent off single ticket prices, listed below.

As a special offer to Segovia Series season subscribers, tickets to the final concert of the Bienen School of Music's 2008-09 Winter Chamber Music Festival, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, also are available at a 15 percent discount. The Jan. 25 concert will feature the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performing Mozart's Zwischenakt Musik from "Thamos," Kodaly's "Summer Evening" and Haydn's Symphony No. 99 in E-flat Major. Guest sitarist Anoushka Shankar will join the ensemble for the performance of her father, Ravi Shankar's composition, Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra. Tickets are $30 for the general public; $26 for Chicago Classical Guitar Society members, seniors aged 65 and older, and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $14 for full-time students with valid IDs.

In the Segovia series season opener Dale Kavanagh will make her Northwestern University debut at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in Lutkin Hall. The Canadian-born guitarist has taken top prizes in competitions in Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Finland. Her program will include works composed by Berkeley, Diabelli, Domeniconi, Villa-Lobos, Milhaud and Kavanagh herself. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for Chicago Classical Guitar Society members and seniors aged 65 and older, and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with valid IDs.

The Canadian Guitar Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Since the ensemble's debut in 1999, the quartet -- comprised of Philip Candelaria, Denis Donegani, Patrick Roux and Louis Trépanier -- has toured extensively in North and South America, making a name for itself with Latin-inspired rhythms and complex musical textures. Their program includes music influenced by old and new tango styles as well as works by Rossini and quartet member Trépanier. A highlight of the performance will be a world premiere featuring the innovative new dance company DanceWorks Chicago. (For more information on DanceWorks Chicago visit http://www.danceworkschicago.org.) Tickets are $24 for the general public; $21 for Chicago Classical Guitar Society members, seniors aged 65 and older, and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Segovia Series regular Oscar Ghiglia returns to Northwestern's Evanston campus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, to bring his guitar artistry to Lutkin Hall. An apprentice to guitar master Andrés Segovia, Ghiglia later inherited Segovia's class at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy and has since spread the legacy of his teaching worldwide. The concert program includes works by Britten, Sor and Ponce. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for Chicago Classical Guitar Society members, seniors aged 65 and older, and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for full-time students with valid IDs.

Baroque lute and guitar artist Hopkinson Smith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, in Lutkin Hall. A longtime advocate of early music, Smith was a founding member of the ensemble Hespèrion XX. He has performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia and Japan. Smith returns to Northwestern with a program of music from Germany, France and Spain, featuring works by 17th century French lutenist and composer "le vieux Gaultier," as well as music by Weiss, Bach, Guerau, Santa Cruz and Sanz. Tickets are $19 for the general public; $16 for Chicago Classical Guitar Society members, seniors aged 65 and older, and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $8 for students with valid IDs.

Segovia series subscriptions are available by calling (847) 467-4000 or visiting http://www.pickstaiger.org. Single tickets will be available for purchase Dec. 3.
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